Sep 23
Webinar: COVID-19 and the Buisiness Case for Democracy

Dear colleagues, this an invitaiton to an interesting webinar by the DAC GovNet that I would like to forward you:

 “Covid-19 and the Business Case for Democracy: Do Democracies Deliver?Virtual Roundtable Event on October 52020, 14:00-15:30 CET (Stockholm, Paris)Feel free to circulate this invitation in your organizations.

The event is organized by the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute in collaboration with the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

 Confirmed speakers include Staffan I. Lindberg (University of Gothenburg), Anna Lührmann (University of Gothenburg), Carl-Henrik Knutsen (University of Oslo), Annika Silva Leander (International IDEA), Achim Johannsen (BMZ) and Thomas Millar (European Commission). 

The Roundtable is a closed event (registration required) for development cooperation professionals working for the EU, BMZ, GIZ, or their partner organizations as well as academia. To register, please email

For more information, please see the event announcement under this link:​​​​

Kind regards, Ursula


Sep 09
New Research and Action programme on ‘Emergent Agency in a Time of Covid’

Mutual aid groups morphing into long term citizens’ organizations; women’s organizations forming to address the surge in domestic violence during lockdown; small producers switching to producing protective equipment for health and care workers.

Across the world, people are responding to the pandemic at a local level by acting, organizing and learning. What kinds of patterns can be identified in this ‘emergent agency’? How could others support and amplify this work? And what could be the long term impact of all of that?

That’s the focus of a new research programme between Oxfam and the LSE’s Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity (AFSEE) programme: Emergent Agency in a Time of Covid-19’.

There are several ways how you can join:

Sep 07
"Facilitated" Political Economy Analysis Process in the Horn of Africa

​Dear Network members

The cooperation offices in Nairobi and Addis are embarking on an interesting journey. They are looking for consultants knowledgeable in Political Economy Analysis, that would lead a process, where they facilitate the analysis in close collaboration with the office. The aim is twofold:

(1) To support the Cooperation Office in reflecting on and analyzing the context in Somalia, and the arid and semi-arid areas in Kenya and Ethiopia and its implications for the priority areas of future intervention of Swiss cooperation (Swiss Cooperation Program 2022-2025), according to a logic of a political economy analysis (PEA).

(2) To do this in a “facilitated way”, meaning that the involved office staff is actually learning about the method by doing the analysis together with the consultants. Therefore, the inclusion and participation of the office staff is a key aspect of the mandate, and also helps that new knowledge and reflections are owned and used in the office for the implementation of the future Cooperation Program.​

Deadline is already the 18th of September.


Aug 24
External review of: “Decentralisation and Municipal Support” (DEMOS) Phase II

The Swiss Cooperation Office Kosovo is requesting the services of an experienced team of consultants (preferably one international and one national expert) to conduct an external review of the project “Decentralisation and Municipal Support” (DEMOS) Phase II, initiated and mandated by the SDC, co-financed by the governments of Kosovo, Sweden and Norway, and implemented by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. The external review will feed into the planning of DEMOS Phase III (envisaged exit phase for SDC). These terms of reference outline the framework upon which the consultants shall provide their services (

If you are interested, please send a technical proposal (max. 3 pages, excluding annexes), which shall include: Understanding of the consultancy (Proposed approach and methodology to complete the task, Proposed timeframe, Financial proposal) and Annexes (CV of the consultant, Relevant reference projects from previous successful mandates) to the Senior National Programme Officer not later than 20 September 2020

Aug 20
2 Webinars: How the Covid-19 Crisis Challenges Multi-level Governance in Asia

How the Covid-19 Crisis Challenges Resilience and Functionality of Multi-level Governance Systems in Asia 


The DeLoG Secretariat in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is organising two webinars exploring the implications of the Covid-19 crisis to multi-level governance systems in the Asia-Pacific region.   


These webinars are organised in partnership with the ADB, the Local Governance Initiative and Network (LOGIN) Asia and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ). Panelists will include representatives from several ADB-Developing Member Countries, ADB-staff, academics, and the OECD.  

The webinars are scheduled for and 10 September 2020, at 2 pm CEST (=8pm Manila time).  


The first webinar (2 September) on “Policies and Strategies Post Covid-19: How to strengthen Multi-level Systems in Asia” will look at policy and strategy challenges for Asia’s multi-level systems, explore how the political, fiscal and administrative features of multi-level systems can be improved to cope with the medium-term implications of Covid-19, and will also examine implications of the pandemic for realising the 2030 Agenda in the region, and for the efforts to localise SDGs.  

Online registration for this webinar is open now.   


The second webinar (10 September) on “Coping with the Crisis: Multi-level Systems in Action” will discuss practical experiences of different countries in the region in responding to the Covid-19 situation, looking in more detail at the respective roles and mandates of each level of government, and the effectiveness of existing mechanisms and processes of coordination and communication between levels of government.   

Online registration for this webinar is open now.  




Aug 14
Publication sur la gestion des risques électoraux dans la région du G5 Sahel

es pays du G5 Sahel – Burkina Faso, Tchad, Mali, Mauritanie et Niger – organiseront des élections en 2020 et 2021. Ces élections se dérouleront dans un contexte où tous sont confrontés à de graves défis humanitaires et sécuritaires, aggravés par la fragilité de leurs institutions.

La propagation de la pandémie de COVID-19 et ses impacts socio-économiques aggravent la situation et soulèvent même des questions sur la possibilité d’organiser des élections dans un environnement si volatil.

Ce guide a été développé par International IDEA pour aider les décideurs et les praticiens dans ce contexte.​


Il est accessible sur ce lien:

Aug 11
E-Learning Course on Decentralization, Local Governance, and Localizing SDGs in Asia

​ADB's Governance Thematic Group has announced the piloting of a new e-learning opportunity on Decentralization, Local Governance, and Localizing SDGs in Asia. 

The development of this tutored six-module course over 2 months targets ADB staff and relevant national and sub-national government officials from the Bank's Developing Member Countries (DMCs). 

There will be a limited number of slots for representatives from other development partners interested to deepen their understanding about decentralization processes and the challenges for localizing SDGs in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Online registration for the course is open until 15 August 2020. Selected applicants will be informed of their acceptance by 21 August 2020. The first module will go online on 7 September 2020 and the tutored course will run until 2 November 2020.


Jul 15
Evaluation Regional Development Program Albania - consultant needed

Dear all,

The Embassy of Switzerland in Albania is looking for a consultant or team of consultants for conducting an evaluation for Regional Development Program in Albania.

Time dedicated to the mandate: 35 days, between October to December 2020. The evaluationforesees a field mission in Albania, tentatively in the period from 16-27 November 2020 (subject of confirmation). ​

Application process: We invite organizations/teams of consultants who wish to apply to refer to the attached Terms of Reference (ToR - 771.221_7F-07021.04_ToRs_RDP evaluation.docx) including a cover letter, with CVs and previous background on similar assignments,  and a competitive quote) by e-mail to by August 24, 2020 COB.

In case of questions or clarifications needed, organizations/teams of consultants will be invited to an interview by phone or videoconference.

We would appreciate if you can distribute this announcement within your networks.


Best regards,

Elda Bagaviki

National Programme Officer

Decentralisation and Local Governance


Embassy of Switzerland in Albania

Rruga Ibrahim Rugova, 3/1

1019 Tirana, Albania

Tel: + 355 04 2240102

      + 355 682060482

      + 41584803915;


Jul 08
Recherche d'un/une consultant/e international/e pour une mission d’évaluation

La Division Coopération Internationale de l’Ambassade de Suisse en Tunisie est à la recherche d'un/une consultant/e international/e pour une mission d’évaluation à mi-parcours des projets suisses PEV en Tunisie principalement. Le dernier délai de postulation est le 20 juillet 2020.

Pour tous renseignements concernant ce mandat veuillez consulter ces TDS.  

Si vous avez encore des questions n’hésitez pas à contacter  ou

L’offre doit être envoyée au plus tard le 20/07/2020 par voie électronique aux adresses e-mail suivantes :  et



Jun 23
Online Presentation and Discussion: “How we work with civil society”

  Online Presentation and Discussion "How we work with civil society"
Thursday, 9 July 2020, 14.00 – 15.30h

Dear colleagues

The scope for civil society to operate and engage in policy processes and as a watchdog, without fear of official disapproval, violence and judicial pursuits, has narrowed in the past two decades. The CIVICUS Monitor reported in 2019 that 40% of the world's population now lives in countries with repressed civic space.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is clear on the need to engage civil society organisations (CSOs) in implementing and monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals. With their capacity to bring the voices of those on the frontlines of poverty, inequality and vulnerability into development processes, CSOs can help to ensure no one is left behind. In order to work to their maximum potential, CSOs need members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) to provide and promote enabling environments.

We are happy to invite you to the online presentation and discussion of the following recently published Study and Guidance Note:

  • OECD/DAC Study: Development Assistance Committee Members and Civil Society

    This study provides a comprehensive review of the various ways in which DAC members support and engage with civil society. It argues that they can do more to make their civil society policies and practices effective. To that end, the study provides action points for further discussion with DAC members, CSOs, and others, to be developed into a guidance or a recommendation for how members can improve the effectiveness of their work with civil society, and, by extension, make environments for CSOs more enabling.

In the face of increased restrictions encountered by civil society - hindering it to operate effectively as an actor of development - the SDC networks DDLGN and FCHRnet formulated a guidance sheet titled Responding to the Contested Space for Civil Society. This guidance draws on a learning journey that involved SDC staff from country office and in Bern.  It provides an overview of the main characteristics and drivers of shrinking space for Civil Society and provides concrete responses for SDC along four dimensions considering policy, programmatic responses, alliance-building and evidence-generation.


More details regarding the programme and speakers and the skype link to the event will follow soon with an outlook invitation to all network participants. 

Registrations by accepting the upcoming outlook invitation are welcome by 6 July 2020. 
We are looking forward to interesting presentations and discussions.  

 Warm regards,

Rahel Bösch

Head of Institutional Partnership Division

Ursula Keller

Senior Policy Advisor Governance /DDLGN

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